Company paid less than half initial fine for fatal accident
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A company is paying less than half the fine workplace safety officials assessed for a North Carolina construction accident that killed three workers and badly injured a fourth.
News organizations reported the deadly 2015 scaffolding accident at a downtown Raleigh building led to Associated Scaffolding paying $70,000 and promising new safety precautions. Investigators initially assessed almost $152,000 for serious violations.
Associated Scaffolding challenged the penalty and the state Labor Department reduced it. Two other companies were fined $4,200 each for shortcomings that led to the workers falling several stories after a scaffold collapsed.
Department spokeswoman Mary Katherine Revels says the fines have been paid.
The families of the four victims filed a lawsuit against several companies that were part of the construction project.